CEB launches 2021 Social Cohesion Award to recognise outstanding social action in Europe

21 January 2021

PARIS – The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) announced today the launch of the 2021 edition of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion, the annual competition to acknowledge outstanding contributions to social cohesion across Europe.

With the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable, social action and innovation are needed more than ever. The CEB Award for Social Cohesion will bestow a €25,000 prize on a project that addresses pressing social issues. 

Small organisations and individuals over the age of 18 from the CEB’s 42 member countries  can nominate projects at an early stage of implementation. The deadline for receiving applications is 12 April.  

‘The driving force behind this initiative is our search for a way to give recognition to projects which contribute, each in its own way, to social cohesion in Europe. By drawing wider attention to such projects and rewarding them, we want to encourage more activities like these,’ said CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel at the virtual opening event.

In 2021 the CEB is also marking its 65th anniversary.

“In the context of the work we have been carrying out for 65 years, every effort, every project, every initiative in the direction of creating inclusive, equitable societies counts – hence the CEB Award,” Governor Wenzel added.

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Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 42 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable, AAA with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable, AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook stable and AAA* with Scope Ratings, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.